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"There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit (debt) expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit (debt) expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved." - Ludwig von Mises


Prepare for Market Panic!

 

'America's Per Capita Government Debt Worse Than Greece,' as well as Ireland, Italy, France, Portugal, and Spain:

I don't know why this would not be plastered all over the Internet to scare the hell out of the U.S. population and wake them up, "worse than Greece". A chart passed along to the Weekly Standard from Senator Sessions office, ranking budget committee member.

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Full-Blown Civil War Erupts On Wall Street � Financial Elite Start Turning On Each Other

Really interesting article, I am surprised it took so long for this to come out, let's see if it gets to the mainstream or traditional sources of financial media.

By David DeGraw - ampedstatus.org

Finally, after trillions in fraudulent activity, trillions in bailouts, trillions in printed money, billions in political bribing and billions in bonuses, the criminal cartel members on Wall Street are beginning to get what they deserve. As the Eurozone is coming apart at the seams and as the US economy grinds to a halt, the financial elite are starting to turn on each other. The lawsuits are piling up fast. Here�s an extensive roundup:

Time to put your Big Bank shorts on! Get ready for arun� The chickens are coming home to roost� The Global Banking Cartel�s crimes are being exposed left & right� Prepare for Shock & Awe�

Well, well� here�s your Shock & Awe:

First up, this shockingly huge $196 billion lawsuit just filed against 17 major banks on behalf of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Bank of America is severely exposed in this lawsuit. As the parent company of Countrywide and Merrill Lynch they are on the hook for $57.4 billion. JP Morgan is next in the line of fire with $33 billion. And many death spiraling European banks are facing billions in losses as well.

FHA Files a $196 Billion Lawsuit Against 17 Banks

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), as conservator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises), today filed lawsuits against 17 financial institutions, certain of their officers and various unaffiliated lead underwriters. The suits allege violations of federal securities laws and common law in the sale of residential private-label mortgage-backed securities (PLS) to the Enterprises.

Complaints have been filed against the following lead defendants, in alphabetical order:

1. Ally Financial Inc. f/k/a GMAC, LLC � $6 billion
2. Bank of America Corporation � $6 billion
3. Barclays Bank PLC � $4.9 billion
4. Citigroup, Inc. � $3.5 billion
5. Countrywide Financial Corporation -$26.6 billion
6. Credit Suisse Holdings (USA), Inc. � $14.1 billion
7. Deutsche Bank AG � $14.2 billion
8. First Horizon National Corporation � $883 million
9. General Electric Company � $549 million
10. Goldman Sachs & Co. � $11.1 billion
11. HSBC North America Holdings, Inc. � $6.2 billion
12. JPMorgan Chase & Co. � $33 billion
13. Merrill Lynch & Co. / First Franklin Financial Corp. � $24.8 billion
14. Morgan Stanley � $10.6 billion
15. Nomura Holding America Inc. � $2 billion
16. The Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC � $30.4 billion
17. Soci�t� G�n�rale � $1.3 billion

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The Age of Bank Failures

By Greg Hunter�s USAWatchdog.com

The U.S. stock market surged yesterday on news the European Union (EU) would deploy a two trillion euro rescue fund to help get its sovereign debt crisis under control. This news was so good even battered Bank of America stock jumped more than 10%. Crisis averted? Hold on, not so fast. Some big French banks are in trouble because they are up to their necks with sovereign debt. Naturally, President Nicolas Sarkozy wants action now. Yesterday, the Financial Times (FT.com) reported the French leader said, �. . . an unprecedented financial crisis will lead us to take important, very important decisions in the coming days.� Raising the sense of urgency, the French president added: �Allowing the destruction of the euro is to take the risk of the destruction of Europe. Those who destroy Europe and the euro will bear responsibility for resurgence of conflict and division on our continent.� (Click here to read the complete FT.com story.)

Jim Rickards of Tangent Capital says you have to distinguish between the bonds, banks and the euro. He said recently in an interview on King World News, �The bonds are definitely going to crash and burn. The bonds are toast. . . . The banks own the bonds, and if the bonds are toast, the banks are toast. . . . But that doesn�t mean the currency is toast.� (Click here for the complete King World News interview with Mr. Rickards.) Rickards expects the euro currency will survive, but many banks will not.

Reggie Middleton of Boombustblog.com says the reason for the coming bank failures is simple�high debt loads. Middleton says many European banks have 40 to 1 leverage. He recently explained how dangerous this was by saying, �I take a dollar and I borrow $39, and I go out and buy something with it. All you need is a 2% move to totally wipe you out�100%. And we all know a lot of sovereign bonds have moved a whole lot more than 2%.� (Click here to see more of Middleton on the Boombustblog.com.) Middleton is expecting more European bank runs as the crisis picks up speed.

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China, Russia quit dollar

I am surprised the dollar did not drop on this news. This could spell the beginning of the end for the Dollar as reserve status.

St. Petersburg, Russia � China and Russia have decided to renounce the US dollar and resort to using their own currencies for bilateral trade, Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin announced late on Tuesday.

Chinese experts said the move reflected closer relations between Beijing and Moscow and is not aimed at challenging the dollar, but to protect their domestic economies.
�About trade settlement, we have decided to use our own currencies,� Putin said at a joint news conference with Wen in St. Petersburg.

The two countries were accustomed to using other currencies, especially the dollar, for bilateral trade. Since the financial crisis, however, high-ranking officials on both sides began to explore other possibilities.

The yuan has now started trading against the Russian rouble in the Chinese interbank market, while the renminbi will soon be allowed to trade against the rouble in Russia, Putin said.

�That has forged an important step in bilateral trade and it is a result of the consolidated financial systems of world countries,� he said.

Putin made his remarks after a meeting with Wen. They also officiated at a signing ceremony for 12 documents, including energy cooperation.

The documents covered cooperation on aviation, railroad construction, customs, protecting intellectual property, culture and a joint communiqu. Details of the documents have yet to be released.

Putin said one of the pacts between the two countries is about the purchase of two nuclear reactors from Russia by China�s Tianwan nuclear power plant, the most advanced nuclear power complex in China.

Putin has called for boosting sales of natural resources � Russia�s main export � to China, but price has proven to be a sticking point.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, who holds sway over Russia�s energy sector, said following a meeting with Chinese representatives that Moscow and Beijing are unlikely to agree on the price of Russian gas supplies to China before the middle of next year.

Russia is looking for China to pay prices similar to those Russian gas giant Gazprom charges its European customers, but Beijing wants a discount. The two sides were about $100 per 1,000 cubic meters apart, according to Chinese officials last week.

Wen�s trip follows Russian President Dmitry Medvedev�s three-day visit to China in September, during which he and President Hu Jintao launched a cross-border pipeline linking the world�s biggest energy producer with the largest energy consumer.

Wen said at the press conference that the partnership between Beijing and Moscow has �reached an unprecedented level� and pledged the two countries will �never become each other�s enemy�.

Over the past year, �our strategic cooperative partnership endured strenuous tests and reached an unprecedented level,� Wen said, adding the two nations are now more confident and determined to defend their mutual interests.

�China will firmly follow the path of peaceful development and support the renaissance of Russia as a great power,� he said.

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China may be bigger economy than US within two years

By Jeremy Warner

Here�s a finding that will have any red-blooded American spluttering into his cornflakes. According to the Conference Board, a highly respected economic research association, China will overtake the US as the world�s biggest economy by 2012, or within two years.

OK, so in dollar terms, that�s obviously not going to be the case. It will be a lot longer than two years before China overtakes the US on that measure. But in terms of purchasing power parity, according to the Conference Board�s latest world economic outlook, China is already nearly there, and by 2020 will have reached a size of output which is nearly half as big again as the US.

Here�s the Wikipedia link explaining what PPP is
, but broadly speaking the idea is to measure output according to the volume, not the price of goods and services produced. The assumption made is that identical goods will have the same price in different markets. In practice, this is obviously not the case. A taxi ride in Beijing, for instance, will cost you approximately a tenth of what it costs in London. But it is essentially the same service.

In any case, in PPP terms, the Conference Board�s projections show China as 24.1 per cent of world output by 2020, and the US at just 14.8 per cent.

We all knew that the weight of economic growth had skewed dramatically since the crisis from advanced to emerging market economies, but many in the West don�t yet seem fully to appreciate the speed with which economic and geo-political power is shifting. This is a truly seismic change. How these once irrelevant economies choose to use their new found power is the overarching question of our times.

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The Fed Is About To Throw Its Hail Mary Pass

I think Peter Schiff has one of the best economic opinions out there., he seems to get it right more than most.

Peter Schiff

October 8, 2010


 
Peter Schiff Since the US economy has failed to recover as widely predicted, pressure on the Federal Reserve to conjure a solution has increased. In fact, the Fed now faces the hardest choices in its history. It can either redouble its past efforts to re-inflate America�s bubble economy (risking the destruction of the US dollar) or it can stop pumping and let the economy deflate to a self-sustaining level. Unfortunately, both choices guarantee severe economic pain � but only one offers the possibility of ultimate success.
 
Today�s news that the economy lost 95,000 jobs in September confirms that record doses of stimulus have failed to create a real recovery. The loss of 159,000 government jobs in the month could have been a positive if those lost positions had been replaced by wealth-generating private sector jobs. But the 65,000 jobs generated by businesses didn�t come close. Worse still, most of these jobs came from the goods-consuming service sector rather than the goods-producing manufacturing sector (which lost another 6,000 jobs). The unemployment rate has now been above 9.5% for 14 consecutive months, the longest such streak since monthly records began in 1948. More importantly, the real unemployment rate, which factors in discouraged and under-employed workers, rose from 16.7% to 17.1%.
 
 Armed with this weak jobs report, the Fed seems poised to make good on its plan for other round of quantitative easing (in English: printing money). Recent statement from top Fed governors have made that sentiment clear. Apparently they feel that they must do something, even though Fed inaction would be far better for the economy. At a time when we should be trusting the markets to grind out three yards in a cloud of dust, we have put our faith in the Fed�s ability to fling a Hail Mary pass, even though all previous attempts have failed.
 
Most people assume that the �crash� I referred to in my 2007 book �Crash Proof: How to Profit from the Coming Economic Collapse� occurred in 2008. Those who actually read the book know otherwise. The financial crisis that resulted from the bursting of the housing bubble, accurately foretold in my book, was not the crash itself, but merely the overture to a much more tragic economic opera for which the curtain is just now rising. 
  

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Peter Schiff is president and chief global strategist of Euro Pacific Capital Inc., a broker-dealer based in Westport, Connecticut. Schiff frequently appears as a guest on CNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg Television and is often quoted in major financial publications. His latest books are How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes and Crash Proof 2.0: How to Profit From the Economic Collapse

 

 Fed Says No Inflation?

Look how much have commodities risen Year over Year. These increases will begin to show up in retail prices soon. There is an inflation problem and it is getting closer. Stock up on non perishable food, prices are going much higher in future. There is a reason why gold and silver are at all time highs and the dollar is losing strength.

Inflation Chart

Modern Day Bread Lines?

Bill Simon, CEO of Wal-Mart�s U.S. business, at a Goldman Sachs conference last week, on behavior at a Walmart store around midnight at the end of a month:

�The paycheck cycle we�ve talked about before remains extreme. It is our responsibility to figure out how to sell in that environment, adjusting pack sizes, large pack at sizes the beginning of the month, small pack sizes at the end of the month. And to figure out how to deal with what is an ever-increasing amount of transactions being paid for with government assistance.

�And you need not go further than one of our stores on midnight at the end of the month. And it�s real interesting to watch, about 11 p.m., customers start to come in and shop, fill their grocery basket with basic items, baby formula, milk, bread, eggs, and continue to shop and mill about the store until midnight, when electronic � government electronic benefits cards get activated and then the checkout starts and occurs. And our sales for those first few hours on the first of the month are substantially and significantly higher.

�And if you really think about it, the only reason somebody gets out in the middle of the night and buys baby formula is that they need it, and they�ve been waiting for it. Otherwise, we are open 24 hours � come at 5 a.m., come at 7 a.m., come at 10 a.m. But if you are there at midnight, you are there for a reason.�

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John Williams - Onset of U.S. Hyperinflation

100 trillion dollars

Eric King

KingWorldNews.com

John Williams: Current projections on the federal budget deficit, U.S. Treasury funding needs, banking industry solvency stress tests, etc. all have been predicated on some form of economic recovery. There is and will be no recovery for the foreseeable future; and the negative implications of that for U.S. funding needs and for systemic stability should act as eventual triggers for massive dumping of the U.S. dollar.


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...The image of tap-dancing on a land mine pretty much describes what the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Government have been doing in order to prevent a systemic collapse in the last couple of years.


Now, as business activity sinks anew, much expanded supportive measures will be needed to maintain short-term systemic stability. Such official actions, however, in combination with global perceptions of limited U.S. fiscal flexibility, likely will trigger massive flight from the U.S. dollar and force the Federal Reserve into heavy monetization of otherwise unwanted U.S. Treasury debt.


When that land mine explodes � probably within the next six-to-nine months, the onset of a U.S. hyperinflation will be in place, with severe economic, social and political consequences that will follow.


...Already the longest and deepest economic contraction of the post-World War II era, the current downturn in the U.S. economy is re-intensifying, with no near-term stability or recovery on the forecast horizon.


...In these circumstances, the financial markets likely will be highly unstable and volatile. Holding assets outside the U.S. also may have some benefits.


Yes indeed the financial markets will be highly unstable and volatile. Let�s not forget, no recovery, more monetization and the threat of systemic collapse.


With the stock market near the end of this long rally, the mainstream media continues with the big lie, stating that we are in a recovery. The sad reality is that the nation is in fact on the brink of another crisis. As these types of cycles progress there is increased flight from paper assets. Get ready for another move higher in the fear index.


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